Latest Home Video Reviews
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (2008)
The most significant achievement in the last forty years of American cinema.
Affleck's lanky, offhand softness hardly suits the superheroic archetype... [but] The R-rated Director's Cut...deserves an extra half-star.
Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003)
Something borrowed, something bloody.
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo (2006)
is classic Cirque du Soleil, a multilingual paegant of music, dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and clowning...the ingenious production design run with highly refined coordination.
Speed Racer (2008)
The Wachowski Brothers overshoot the mark with
, an eccentric misfire that panders to the ADHD set and—in the adult arena—idiots and acid-droppers.
Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season (2007)
A wacky weekly comedy-mystery-adventure-romance that the whole family can enjoy, in colors that haven't been so super-saturated since the 1966
Pale Rider (1985)
His saddle bag is a mixed one, though
still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood.
Baby Mama (2008)
Improvisational chops and sheer force of comic will...can result in funny moments and even a funny movie, but there's something conspicuously lazy about the script...
How the West Was Won (1962)
Delivered big with breathtaking location work and an all-star cast...
Nochnoi dozor (Night Watch) (2006)
The slick, colorful, nicely acted
is all I ask and never get from Hollywood's monochromatic, humorless vampire pictures.
Dnevnoi dozor (Day Watch) (2007)
You don't need to have seen the original to pick up the user-friendly sequel. Take a deep breath after the intimidating opening montage and you'll be just fine.
Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season (2001)
Millar and Gough's final season gives cause for reflection on the bumpy evolution of a series once intended to keep its roots planted in the title town of Smallville, Kansas.
The Office: Season Four (2008)
has become a TV comedy classic in its own right and holds the crown of the funniest series on American TV today.
The Mist (2007)
Both a gory monster movie and a
-styled morality play on mob mentality and religion run amok.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
A rousing, high-spirited family entertainment rightly regarded as one for the ages.
The Shield: Season 6 (2007)
Not just another cop show...traffic[s] in the shadowy moral ambiguity of noir.
The Three Stooges Collection: Volume Three (1940-1942) (1940)
Producer-director Sam White brainstormed the concept of Moe as Hitler, Curly as Göring, and Larry as Goebbels, promising, despite the dark reality, 'I'll make it funny.'
Then She Found Me (2008)
A highly satisfying old-fashioned comedy-drama...[with] a strong undercurrent of religion and philosophy that helps Hunt make her film profound in a way that sneaks up on you.
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
Tone deaf...only slightly better than the worst sitcom you've ever seen.
An allegory of what's wrong with our country...Mamet has spent the last decade layering popular entertainments with subversive ideas about social politics.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Preserves a time when one could not only get away with making an allegory with an existential hero, but stock it with an ensemble from the Actors Studio.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
An expertly crafted Hollywod entertainment...[constructed] as a series of grippingly fateful 'moments of truth.'
End of Days (1999)
The plot is such hooey...and the plot holes so gaping that
End of Days
proves more exasperating than enjoyable.
[Both] a rousing action thriller...[and] near-parody of the rah-rah American military adventures that filled screens in the '40s and '50s.
A convincing blend of Shakespearean tragedy and
paints the thirty-seventh President of the United States as a uniquely American tragic hero...
Justice League: Season One (2001)
A surprisingly consistent level of quality and creative energy...put the loveably corny
in its place.
House, M.D.: Season Four (2007)
The risk paid off: not only does the show still work, but it's more spontaneous than it's been since the series debuted.
Street Kings (2008)
Competent but fatally lacking in the element of surprise.
Camp Rock (TV) (2008)
[A] derisive discussion of 'stupid cookie-cutter pop star stuff' is more than a little ironic in this Radio Disney petri dish, but at least the Jonas Brothers are a class act.
Brand Upon the Brain! (2007)
Captures an artist in love with his art, but not so preciously that he forgets to share the love.
He knows he's the hundredth director to rip off
: he's just going to do it better, and with jokes fit for a vintage Warner Brothers cartoon.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles—The Complete First Season (2008)
The series has a solid cast, stylish production values and, under its belt, a season that demonstrates great potential.
South Park—The Complete Eleventh Season (TV) (2007)
Season Eleven had a crappy front seven and a strong back seven, though the season is defined by the heavily promoted three-parter "Imaginationland"...
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (DTV) (2008)
Demonstrates Neumeier's ambition, but this budget-constrained rush job winds up not much more politically biting than a
XXX: State of the Union (2005)
So full of self-aware speechifying, howlingly bad verbal pissing contests, and audacious bulls**t plotting that it almost flies as a parody of itself. Almost.
A worthy cinematic adaptation, with interesting and provocative mythic ideas of its own, and suprisingly lyrical images to match.
Top Gun (1986)
A movie for adolescents, and adults who willfully decide not to know better for a couple of hours.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Explores the rapture and torture of desire, and the tension between harsh reality and escapist fantasy.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Insanely subversive...functions as a visually dazzling science-fiction action picture, a philosophical challenge, and a hilarious, incisive comedy.
Patriot Games (1992)
Ford gives one of his most commanding performances outside of a Lucas production, establishing an action formula Ford would repeat...
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